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Saison Rue - The Bruery

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1,485 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,485
Reviews: 517
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 10.73%
Wants: 162
Gots: 237 | FT: 9
Brewed by:
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California, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Saison Rue is an unfiltered, bottle conditioned, Belgian/French-style farmhouse ale. This is a beer of subtlety and complexity, with malted rye, spicy, fruity yeast notes, biscuit-like malt backbone and a slight citrus hop character. With age, this beer will dry out and will become more complex with rustic notes of leather and earth from the contribution of a wild yeast strain. Being a saison, Saison Rue is ambiguous unto itself as it is a different beer when fresh and when aged.

(Beer added by: DoubleJ on 05-01-2008)
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Reviews by MattyG85:
Photo of MattyG85
4.48/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a Duvel tulip glass. Bottled on 07/22/13.

Appearance: Pours a very hazy golden orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Huge three finger off white head with good retention. Leaves a decent amount of lacing.

Smell: A bright, yeasty, and fruity Belgian style aroma with big hints of spices, funk, and fruit. Upfront Belgian yeast with hints of clove, peppers, farmhouse funk, and some Brett funk. Fruit hints of pear, apple, banana, white grape, lemon, and orange. Some hints of wood and rustic leather. Bready malt hints of biscuit, grains, straw, rye, and cracker. Sweet hints of candied sugar. Some earthy hop hints as well. A pretty solid Saison aroma.

Taste: Like the nose hints at, a yeasty, funky, and fruity Belgian farmhouse style taste with good notes of spice and fruit. Upfront Belgian yeast with notes of farmhouse funk, clove, peppers, and Brett funk. Fruity taste of green apple, pear, banana, white grapes, orange, and lemon. Note of wood and some subtle rustic leather notes. Sweet taste of candied sugar. Bready malt presence with notes of grains, biscuit, straw, hay, rye, and cracker. Subtle earthy hops in the background. A very good Belgian style taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a high level of carbonation. Spicy, juicy, and somewhat prickly with a drying finish. Very smooth with a well hidden alcohol presence.

Overall: A very good take on a Saison/Farmhouse ale. Great blend of yeast, spices, and dry fruit flavors. The subtle rye and Brett add a nice kick.

MattyG85, Mar 14, 2014
More User Reviews:
Photo of metter98
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is hazy golden yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a two finger high white head that died down yet consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: The aroma is quite spicy from the rye and also has some notes of yeast.
T: Like the smell, the overall taste is rather spicy and the yeast contributes earthy flavors. The spiciness from the rye particularly stands out in the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. There is some dryness in the finish.
O: The beer is relatively easy to drink because the alcohol is well hidden, although the spicy flavors make it more of a beer that needs to be sipped.

metter98, Apr 12, 2011
Photo of oberon
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Not a style I go to very often but I was in the mood for a little something different last night.Poured into a chalice a deep orane infused amber with a nice fluffy one finger head atop that held very well.Sharp spice mixed with a little funk in the nosesome green apple and phenols rounded it out.The rye really came out on the palate lending some sharpness and a light lactic note,a little funky but it didnt overpower the flavor profile,again some green aplle and clove-like spice as well.I really liked the saison it's complex but not over the top in its funkiness.

oberon, Dec 13, 2011
Photo of don1481
4.54/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle poured into a... wine glass. Bottle said so.

Appearance: Pours a beautiful, hazy amber with a soft, big off-white head that lingers. Good amount of bubbles race through this.

Smell: Orange peel, fruitiness, and the funk. Oh, the funk.

Taste: Oh, this is an interesting twist on a saison for sure. Chewy. Yeasty. Clove notes. Definitely the rye. Some apple and grape taste. So many more notes keep coming through. Very complex. I wish NG would have made their Saison a little more complex like this.

Mouthfeel: This is a fuller-bodied beer than, say, the aforementioned NG Saison, but is still pretty medium bodied overall. Aftertaste is pretty sweet and not overly yeasty. Very smooth overall.

Overall: My goodness. For less than $10, I got a steal. I want more.

don1481, May 18, 2014
Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Attractive brown 750 ml bottle with a simple but attractive label pours, no gushes, into my Watney Mann World Cup chalice. A massive off-white head lasts and lasts, demanding patience. Loads of carbonation streams dance in the slightly hazy amber-orange liquid in my glass. Orange rind, pear, plum, and loads of grapefruit mingle in the aroma. Touches of pine mix with earth and hints of moldy bread follow.

My first impression of the taste is take three steps back from all the pepper. This is a very spicy beer, and black pepper dominates the spice profile. Fruit yeast flavors, typical of a saison follow. The Brett doesn't stand out much but this is a young bottle. I would bet this would improve over a year or two. Still, this is a perfectly enjoyable beer as it is. The body is highly viscous and the combination of assertive piney hops and tingling, almost champagne like carbonation makes for a lively and pleasurable mouthfeel. Grape fruit flavors are pronounced but bready malts come through too. Though not blown away, I would count this as a solid beer to return for more tastings in the future.

DaPeculierDane, Nov 23, 2009
Photo of DanGeo
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

DanGeo, May 24, 2013
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2/5  rDev -51.2%

tectactoe, Aug 25, 2014
Photo of ricke
3.65/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hazy amber with a big ivory-colored head that leaves nice lacings.

S: Quite a refreshing smell with lots of fresh fruit esters (oranges, grapefruits). Notes of malts, yeast, spices, grass and perhaps a faint hint of brett.

T: Taste is quite fresh with pleasant fruit esters (lemon, oranges) and notes of grass on top of some malts. A strangely prominent note of mint develops early on and lingers on into the finish. A very faint hint of brett. Gentle spices. The finish is mildy bitter with notes of wheat, mint and herbal hops. A bit edgy, yet reasonably smooth.

M: Medium body, rather full considering the style. Very lively carbonation.

D: A decent saison with an interesting character. The minty aromas are a bit strange and the brett is really faint, but it will be nice to see what a year or to in the cellar will do to this one.

ricke, Oct 22, 2009
Photo of t2grogan
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

t2grogan, Oct 07, 2014
Photo of TCHopCraver
4.47/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes on 10/15/10. Received this from zoso1967 and enjoyed it with BuckyFresh.

A: SR pours a beautiful cloudy gold into a snifter. A pillowy, pure white head rests at about one and a half fingers. The lacing is clumpy and forms in thick large chunks. The head retention is good.

S: Huge whiffs of lemon and peppery spiciness fill my nostrils. Large Belgian yeasts are very present. The overwhelming impression of the smell is that of a fresh spring morning. A lot of Granny Smith apple crispness emanates from the beer, as well.

T: This is a very springy and fresh taste. A lovely peppery spice complements a lemon, banana, and Granny Smith apple fruitiness. The malts and spicy hops are very upfront in the taste, which is somewhat of a departure from a typical Saison, but it is a quality that I really like. The lingering hop bitterness is earthy and chewy.

M: Very drying and fresh. A sparkly medium bodied effervescence leads to a puckering hop finish that cleans off the palate well.

D: This beer is very nice for the style and I could enjoy it for a long time. I will look for this one again, for sure.

TCHopCraver, Oct 30, 2010
Photo of MadScientist
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: A light copper with a slight haze. The head is made of rocky, off-white bubbles and leaves thick lacing on the glass.

S: The specialty grains, rye and Brett stand out in the nose along with some spice and fruit from the yeast. There is an earthy hops aroma and some alcohol.

T: There is a lot going on in here with the Brett, Rye and Belgian yeast character dominating. The Rye adds spice to the clove and pepper flavors already in there from the Belgian yeast which also brought some light fruit character of peaches and oranges. The moderate Brett is a little horsey and a little bubblegum but unmistakable. There is a slight plum character as well. The hops bitterness is moderate and bring an earthy character to the flavor. The balance is fairly dry with just a little bit of sweetness while the finish runs out to very dry.

M: A medium-light bodied beer with moderately-strong carbonation.

O: A funky, spicy Saison with an enjoyable addition of Brett and rye character.

MadScientist, May 27, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

Tiernan, Wednesday at 10:11 PM
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

tbryan5, Jan 01, 2014
Photo of Parke
5/5  rDev +22%

Parke, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of Brent_ray
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Brent_ray, Mar 05, 2014
Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine Vol. II Issue IX:

Very lively carbonation. Quite a beauty in terms of head--towering almost out of the glass and taking a good while to dissipate, with a caked-on lacing after each sip. Clear amber glow shows off the lively carbonation. Spicy aroma with some herbal, exotic fruit (plantains?) and slight estery alcohol. Pleasant crispness from the carbonation and a real, deep smoothness really enhances the lush medium body. Epic maltiness, sweet and toasty with a spicy flavor from the rye. The rye melds very well with the Brettanomyce's herbal funk and the warming peppery alcohol. Suggestions of ripe plum, start fruit and green banana come to mind. The Brett brings some herbal funk to the taste buds middle to end, but nothing too strange or eclectic. Mild hopping throughout. Finishes semidry with a thick layer of herbal flavor that jumps far into the aftertaste.

Can a beer redefine a style? We'll leave that for debate as Saison Rue bends the style with an array of complexities that unfold as it warms with each sip. One of the top 10 beers we've had in 2008 to date.

BeerAdvocate, Sep 20, 2010
Photo of steelerguy
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Hazy gold with an orange tinge. Nice size head, lots of carbonation.

S - Spicy with some sweet ripe fruit, a bit of tart apple.

T - Light malt, a bit of sweetness from the rye, delicate hop notes but not much bitterness. There is a tartness from the brett, but not much since it was a young beer. Ends a touch boozy.

M - Moderate body, which was a little surprising, usually a Saison and especially a beer with brett will be more dry. Lots of carbonation with the high alcohol content clean it up at the end and give a nice warmth.

O - Nice beer, an interesting take on a Saison.

steelerguy, Jun 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

Ben7773, Jan 02, 2014
Photo of tuckevalastin
4.43/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Golden and very cloudy. Massive white head that stays for a while.

S: funky tart smell. Citrus fruit and some spice are noticable.

T: Rye spice and fruity sweetness are most noticable. A bready malt taste is present as well. Again lots of funk.

M: Medium bodied with some spice and no bitterness. No alcoholic heat came through for me either. Very carbonated.

D: I found it very easy to drink for a craft beer.

Overall, I was surprised at how much I liked this one. If it's easy to find in your market (it's not in mine) I'd say try it.

tuckevalastin, Mar 20, 2010
Photo of orbitalr0x
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gusher alert!! Cap pops and beer goes everywhere. Pours a hazy orange with lots of sediment and a four finger head that caps above the glass. Damn! Aromas of spicy malts with a distinct rye twang. Earthy yeast accents and a touch of Brett funk.

Crisp and full flavored malts upfront with some rye spiciness colliding with earthy yeast and a touch of Brett funk again in the flavor. Some peppery notes and a bit of citrus. Goes down with a spicy yeasty kick.

Mouthfeel is lighter with big fast moving carbonation. Quite refreshing and a nice twist on a saison with a darker malt profile than most. Tasty brew overall and if it wasn't a gusher I would've been even happier.

orbitalr0x, Aug 31, 2009
Photo of freshflesh
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

freshflesh, Jan 30, 2014
Photo of warnerry
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

No bottle date, but this was purchased in August 2010. Poured into a tulip.

A - Pours translucent light amber with massive head, more than three fingers. Very high level of carbonation. Head has excellent retention and coats the glass with lacing.

S - Good brett presence, a bit of sour apple, lemon and pepper, and a faint rye spiciness. Very nice.

T - Similar to smell there is a very nice funky brett taste and some tart apple. Lots of toasted malt, some spicy rye. Also a nice subtle hop presence throughout. Really enjoyable.

M - Very crisp, medium mouthfeel that finished quite dry with a lingering earthiness.

O - A very good saison. The rye is a nice complement. Not sure how this compares to fresh, but I really enjoyed this bottle and would definitely get this again.

warnerry, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of Beaver13
3.58/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle. Pours a hazy dark gold with a monstrous fluffy white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is wheaty malt, brett, metallic rye and some other spices.

The flavor is wheaty malts, some light sweet fruit, and brett leading to a medium bitter metallic finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with soft carbonation and is a bit watery.

Overall,a decent saison. More brett would be nice. I keep going back and forth between thinking its interesting and noticing off notes and not liking it.

Beaver13, Sep 22, 2009
Photo of Callmecoon
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Callmecoon, Jul 27, 2013
Photo of Doomcifer
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%

Doomcifer, Aug 29, 2014
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Saison Rue from The Bruery
92 out of 100 based on 1,485 ratings.